Prague, June 24 (CTK) – The average temperature in the Czech Republic is to rise by 1 degree centigrade by 2040 and by 2.5 degrees centigrade by 2060, according to the latest study on climate change on Czech territory that was released yesterday.
The study was worked out by experts from the Department of Atmospheric Physics of the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of Charles University in Prague.
The study says the number of tropic days with the temperature of over 30 degrees centigrade will increase in the Czech Republic, while the number of days with temperature deeply below zero will drop. The number of “summer days,” that is those with temperatures above 25 degrees centigrade, is also to rise by up to 35 in 2040-2060.
Heat waves can seriously affect human health, work productivity, the maintenance of buildings and agriculture and cause lack of water, experts point out.
This year, the first quarter was warmer than usual, too, climatologist Michal Zak said.
The whole scientific study will be available in the first week in July.
The Environment Ministry is completing its strategy of adaptation to climate change. It should be submitted to the government in September.
Experts expect heat waves to hit the whole Czech Republic, but primarily south Moravia, the Zatec area, north Bohemia, and central Bohemia.
In 2015-2039, the number of tropic days is to annually rise by two to six on average, while in 2040-2060 it might be eight to 12. The number of tropic nights when the temperature does not drop below 20 degrees centigrade will probably double by 2060.
The study has also found out that the number of heat waves, that is six or more days in a row with temperatures above the average will increase, while the number of severely cold days will decrease.
The amount of snow will keep shrinking in the mountains in the Czech Republic, Zak said.
The results of the Czech study correspond to those of the world studies, including the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). According to it, the Earth will warm up by 0.3-4.8 degrees centigrade by 2100, and the ocean level is to rise by 26 to 82 centimetres.
“All monthly temperatures have been above the average of the 20th century in the whole world for 30 years,” Zak said.